The Bibles states that God is the Lord of Lords and King of Kings. He is supreme in all the universe, but we need to understand this in the light of our sin-corrupted nature. God’s original design was for us to walk side-by-side with Him just as Adam and Eve did in the Garden of Eden before they fell for Satan’s lies. Once sin entered the world, humanity’s focus on God became blurred.
20 For ever since the world was created, people have seen the earth and sky. Through everything God made, they can clearly see his invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature. So they have no excuse for not knowing God. 21 Yes, they knew God, but they wouldn’t worship him as God or even give him thanks. And they began to think up foolish ideas of what God was like. As a result, their minds became dark and confused. 22 Claiming to be wise, they instead became utter fools. Romans 1:20-22. NLT
We are His people. Psalm 22:3 tell us that God is enthroned in our praise—it is through praise that God’s supreme authority in heaven comes down to earth. The Holy Spirit Dwells in believers and gives us access to power in the name of Jesus. Praise is a natural byproduct of our relationship with God.
Excerpt from Strike the Match, Light the Fire, by Kathleen Evenhouse,
Writing With Vision, Pella IA, 2021, pg 50
THINKING IT THROUGH
- When life is good, do I get complacent and forget whose I am?
- When I am comfortable and secure, do I pay attention to who God really is and to my relationship with Him?
- Are there periods of time in my life when I don’t worship him as God or even give him thanks?
- If I don’t focus on God, do my ideas of what God is like become foolish? Do I attribute my good fortune to my own efforts and worth?
- Does giving daily thanks and praise to God play a part in help me to continually recognize His eternal power and divine nature?
- Historically, nuns wore a “habit,” a uniform that declared to all who saw them that they were servants of God.
- Can “praise” be worn as a “habit?”
- If I praise and credit God for His presence in my life—in good times and bad—does it give those I come in contact with a picture of the God I am reflecting? How does this work?
HOW THIS BIBLE STUDY WORKS
Today we read God’s words, we breathe them in, we bask in the light of God’s truth and love. And as we ruminate, we think about how we can share this Good News with someone else. It might be a song, a poem, a work of art, or praises we whisper to the heavens as we walk the dog outside in the glorious world He made.
Our praises reflect and reveal the glory of our Almighty God. How can you do this creatively this week? If you want to share on this blog, send a picture of your response to me at KSEvenhouseWWV@kathieevenhouse
Then come back on Thursday as we share our pictures of God with each other.